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Forum Post: Keystone XL update 11/15/2012. Consider share/circulate.

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 15, 2012, 9:50 a.m. EST by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN
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It's decision time on Keystone XL.

Now that President Obama has been re-elected, he's got a choice to make.

And in the wake of the devastation caused by the climate-change-fueled Superstorm Sandy, it shouldn't be much of a choice at all.

He must reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

President Obama will likely decide early next year. As he looks to his priorities in his second term, and to the legacy of his presidency, we need to send an immediate, unambiguous message right now.

Tell President Obama: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

President Obama did his best to remain silent on climate change throughout the campaign — and instead extolled the virtues of expanded drilling, expanded fracking, mythical pollution-free coal, and his administration's approval of the southern portion of Keystone XL.

Sandy forced his hand, and even the President had to acknowledge in his acceptance speech our desire to live in an America that "isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet."

That should be grounds for immediately rejecting Keystone XL, but at a White House press conference yesterday, President Obama showed that he was still vulnerable to the misleading economy vs. environment arguments put forward by polluters, saying that climate policies should take a back seat to "jobs and growth."1 This is a false choice, ignoring the realities of an economy that favors dirty fossil fuels at Americans' expense — monumental costs that includes sickness from pollution and damage from climate-change fueled disasters like Sandy. But the choice Obama faces on Keystone XL is real, and it is clear. He can approve a pipeline that will "XL" climate change and all its costs by doubling production of the dirtiest and most destructive oil on earth — or he can reject that pipeline, and actually commit America to sources of energy that do not worsen our already too-volatile climate.

It simply is not possible to have it both ways. Tell President Obama: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

On November 18, thousands of people will be gathering at the White House to deliver this message to President Obama2 and let him know that the movement that delayed Keystone XL last year is still here; that we still hold him to the promises he made in 2008; that tackling climate change must be a top priority of his administration.

As Superstorm Sandy — along with the recent record droughts, wildfires, storms and floods — have made all too clear, our action against climate change must be rapid and ambitious.

What it can not include, is a pipeline that will help unleash the more than 240 gigatons of carbon stored in the carbon bomb of the tar sands, when most scientists agree we can release no more than 565 more gigatons if we are to maintain a livable planet.3

Failing to fight climate change by approving the Keystone XL pipeline is not just an irresponsible act. Enriching a foreign oil company, when doing so will do clear damage to the residents of our nation, is a clear failure of leadership.

It is time for President Obama to draw a line in the tar sands, and reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Click below to sign the petition to President Obama: http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6990772&p=kxl_test&id=50505-4904244-_%3DDU8nx&t=10

Thank you for fighting climate change.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets

1."Obama: 'I won't go' for climate action that hurts jobs, growth," NBC News, November 14th, 2012

  1. "November 18th: A Call to Action," 350.org

  2. "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," Rolling Stone, July 19, 2012

P.S. — If you are going to be in the Washington, DC area on November 18th or would like to travel there, you can RSVP for the rally here.

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[-] 4 points by gnomunny (6885) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Signed, although I really don't like giving out such detailed personal info. Name, e-mail and state should be enough, but fuggit. It's that important.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

It is important - so very important - myself(?) I don't much like giving out personal information either - but if it can verify that I am real and that my signature on the petition is real - then so be it. Anyway I figure anyone I really don't want to know who I am - well - that they already do - as they have the computer equipment and access to collect it anyway.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6885) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Exactly, which is why I went ahead and did it. They already know who I am and where I live. Hmmm, somebody stinkled me. Wha???

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yeah there are some pretty persistent shills that like to attack the forum and any good actions that threaten TPTB/status-quo. They are hirelings and not to bright.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6885) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

It's personal. That's all I'll say, except I believe it's a hireling, and definitely not too bright. But, let's not get off-subject. ;-)

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

No prob. I have some who like to mess with me as well. Gave ya back your twinkle.

[-] 4 points by gnomunny (6885) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Thanks. It's not the total numbers that bother me (or I'd be commenting incessantly), it's constantly getting stinkled for good comments, comments that any level-headed individual wouldn't have a problem with. You know from experience most of my comments are pretty valid and don't deserve down-votes, personal attacks notwithstanding, of course. Like when I got a minus four for saying on a thread by hchc that in a perfect world the MSM would report the REAL news. That comment seems to be TRUTH to anyone with a fair amount of common sense, but I got -4 for it. It shows a glaring flaw in the voting process, imo.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well I have seen whole posts down voted ( even though the down voting hurts nothing - can't collapse a comment anymore ). I have noticed this happens most often when the MSM is belittled for being BS spews services. Or when a post promotes switching over to green energy and kicking fossil fuel use to the curb. Or when certain individuals in office are nominated to be removed from office. And then there is always the odd personal stinkle that is just for spite.

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6885) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Good point. But if it were about oil, you'd be downvoted on this thread as well. But anyway, one to the important subjects, my friend. Enough of this digression. ;-)

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yep - back to business. {:-])

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4826) 2 years ago

Good morning DKA, Signed.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Good morning Nevada - I knew you would {:-]) and thanks. We have got to keep the pressure on to switch over to clean power and fuel technologies.

The election is over - we need to really push the issues that need immediate attention. And artificial ( man made ) Green House Gas elimination and stopping pollution poisoning destruction of our environment is a TOP priority.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4826) 2 years ago

Shared with others.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You are very good in presenting, sharing and circulating good information - thanks.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Signed. Good work.

Pres Obama must be pressured! Massive protests.

11/18 @ thewhite house.

Be there! (if you can)

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

It is time to continue pushing issues - and pressuring all of government state and federal - to be sane and act in the best interest of the people/society/world/environment.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

It is time (always) to push issues. Certainly now that the election is over we SHOULD be focusing on issues not parties.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Yep, I keep looking and I am not seeing him anywhere around. Why is that?

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (22354) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Election over - Now WE NEED TO GET IN HIS FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!